The LME appears to be working with Mercuria, a commodity trading company, to develop a blockchain-based system for monitoring trading of physical metals such as zinc, aluminium and the like.
The London Metal Exchange initiative is called Forcefield and would also be supported by banks such as Macquarie and ING.
Also on the Financial Times, Matt Chamberlain, CEO of LME, explained:
“[In a blockchain-based system] you know where your metal is, you have proof of your metal”.
Unfortunately, little is known about this initiative and, apart from the Financial Times, there has been no mention of it anywhere else and not even the members of the London Metal Exchange team wanted to comment on the news.
The LME is the world’s largest metal exchange and recently launched the LME Select to increase access to and sharing of the entire market database.